School Closed Until April 20th

The mayor and chancellor have just announced that all NYC public schools will be closed until April 20th, effective immediately. More information about remote learning will be sent out as soon as it's available. 

Please follow this link for the Chancellor's March 22 Letter to parents, as well as all previous letters. All letters are available in other languages.
https://infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/translations/letters/coronavirus


PS 166 will no longer be a site for free meals. Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals to find a location. PS 9 (84th) and PS 163 (97th) are the two closest locations to our school. 

Families can find the nearest DOE school by going to www.nycenet.edu/schoolsearch or by calling 311.

For additional updates please visit schools.nyc.gov

Announcements

  • Remote Learning Devices

    Families in need of a remote learning device to help students stay connected, can request one below. Families will need the child's student identification number to complete the online form.  Starting next week, the DOE will be distributing 300,000 internet-enabled iPads to students in waves. 

    To request a device from the DOE, please complete this survey by Friday, March 20, 2020 (survey deadline is rolling until completed) or call 718-935-5100 and choose option 5 to request one of these devices.

    For other languages see this multi-lingual flyer 

     

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  • NYC School Survey

    Surveys were distributed to parents at Parent Teacher Conferences on March 5th. 

    Thank you to all of you who have already submitted your survey!
     
    • If you did not attend parent teacher conferences or you forgot to pick it up, it will be backpacked so please check your child's communication folder.
    • You may also fill out the survey online at www.NYCschoolsurvey.org . You will still need your code which can be found on your paper survey. 
    • Please remember that your answers are confidential. The DOE discards the outer envelopes and the only identifying factor on the survey is the school code. Positive changes were made to our school and within the DOE based on answers parents have given in the past.
    • If your child was registered after November, 2019, you will not have a survey. There is a lag of several months. Otherwise, if you don’t see your survey, contact me and I can check so see if you should have one. 
     

    Last year our response rate was 67%. I know we can beat that and get the highest response rate in the district  - if all families fill out the survey! 
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  • Dogs

    Please be reminded that as per the Parks Department Regulation, dogs are not allowed in Playground 89, our school playground. Remember, some children (and adults) are afraid or allergic to dogs and no matter how friendly and adorable dogs are, they are prohibited from the playground at all hours. 

    Also, during drop-off and pick-up, please be careful to keep your dog on a short lease and be mindful of other people (and other dogs) as the sidewalk gets very crowded.

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  • Library

    As you know, the library is closed as it undergoes some amazing renovations.  If you have library books you need to return, please have your child drop them in the box marked LIBRARY BOOKS which will be located in the office during the renovation.

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  • Fever Free for 24 Hours!

    Reminder from Nurse Hamilton: Children should be fever free without the use of fever reducers for 24 hours before returning to school after an illness. 

    There is a lot of flu and strep going around and many children seem to be returning to school prematurely only to be sent home again. Remember, even though you can lower a fever with Tylenol or other fever reducers, that doesn't mean the student should be in school. After any fever of 100 or more, students should remain at home for 24 hours. 

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  • Learn More About Local Events

    Want to learn more about local events? Visit the District 3 website: 
    URL:  https://sites.google.com/site/nycdistrict3/    

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PTA Announcements

  • PTA In-Person Meeting Cancelled

    Due to the rapidly evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New York City, the PS166 PTA board has decided to cancel its in-person PTA general membership meeting on March 19, 2020 at 8:30AM. We are exploring ways to host a PTA meeting virtually, whether online or via teleconference. We will also send PTA-related updates via email and backpack express.
     
    The PTA’s primary responsibility is to help support the school and our community and to keep our community healthy and safe. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us.

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  • A Note from the Fundraising Team of the PTA

    Fairway Market recently filed for bankruptcy, and unfortunately this has meant the suspension of the Fairway Community Partners program. We’ll no longer get 3% kicked back for purchases made online or in the stores. Please don’t throw away your key fob or card just yet, however -- the eventual new owners may reinstate the program. 
     
    We still have several fundraising opportunities, though -- including online retailers AmazonShutterfly, and Mabel’s Labels, as well as local retailers West Side Kids and Book Culture. You can find all the links and information on this page of the Shop to Support page.  

    PTA
  • Auction - New this Year

    The PS166 2020 Annual Auction is approaching and its time to start filling those baskets!  The baskets are a fun and special part of the auction and raise substantial funds for our school.  This year, instead of collecting items for one specific basket, please collect an item for ANY of the baskets.  This will enable you to get creative and use your connections to provide something for our fun basket raffle.
    As of now, here are the basket themes for our 2020 Auction: 
    1) Food and Drink: 
                Ideas: Wine/glasses, restaurant gift certificates, cheese tastings, cooking classes, in-home entertaining/dining supplies, kitchen tools, etc….
    2) Health and Beauty
    Ideas: cosmetics, gym class/spa/salon gift certificates, work out apparel, yoga mats, water bottles, healthy eating meal-plan services, etc…
    3) Sports and games!
    Ideas: tickets, sports swag, autographed items, board games, gift certificates for interactive family activities, etc…
    4) Kids! Kids! Kids! 
    Ideas: toys, games, electronics, clothing, activities (classes, birthday party packages, camps, etc), etc...
    5) Date Night
    Ideas: Florist, dining experiences, tickets to events, babysitting services, car service credits, etc…
    6) Summer Fun
                Ideas: Summer camps, pool/swimming classes or club memberships, vacation homes, out of city experiences, camping gear, beach stuff, etc…

    Once you have an item, you can simply fill out this form and receive a receipt.  It is also easy to hand a paper form to your server after dinner (or when you pick your kid up from a fun class or party).  If you collect a physical item, we will be collecting the items in a few weeks.  

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  • Save the Date! The PS166 2020 Annual Auction is approaching

    Online Auction Launch: March 9, 2020 

    Live Auction and Gala: March 21, 2020

    As you travel and attend holiday parties in the next few weeks, please ask your best friend or favorite aunt who works at that super-cool place to donate to our auction!  The best items come from personal connections, and all you have to do is ask...once you get the "yes!" simply fill out this form and they will receive a receipt.  

    Going to an interesting place (museum, restaurant, holiday camp, etc.)?  Drop a copy of this paper form - write your name and child's class number on it so we know who to thank! 

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